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Thursday, Nov. 28 @ 3:00 PM Giving Thanks - A Celebration of Fall, Food & Gratitude
Thursday, Nov. 28 @ 5:00 PM Performance Today Thanksgiving Edition
Thursday, Nov. 28 @ 7:00 PM Thanksgiving with Cantus 2013
Wednesday, Nov. 27 @ 8:00 PM Candles Burning Brightly

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Giving Thanks - A Celebration of Fall, Food & Gratitude
Thursday, November 28, 2013 | 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 1, 2013 | 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Thanksgiving 150New for 2013, two wise, witty women join host John Burge at the table: celebrated writer and actor Julia Sweeney, and best-selling author Anne Lamott. Giving Thanks provides the perfect atmosphere for Thanksgiving: the warmth of great music, and truly memorable words.

Sponsored by:
Davidson College Friends Of The Arts



Performance Today Thanksgiving Edition
Thursday, November 28, 2013 | 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Thanksgiving 2 150Fred Child brings us a holiday edition of the weekday concert program that features live performances from across the country for this American holiday.



Thanksgiving with Cantus 2013
Thursday, November 28, 2013 | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 1, 2013 | Noon - 1:00 p.m.

Cantus 150Thursday, November 28, 2013 | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 1, 2013 | Noon - 1:00 p.m.

Join one of the premiere men’s vocal ensembles in the country and host Alison Young as they talk about the holiday and perform wonderful choral music.

Sponsored by:
Main Street Books



Eight Nights of Chanukah
Weekdays, November 27 - December 5, 2013 | 4:04 p.m.

Chanukah 150This is a series of three-minute modules presented by Naomi Lewin of Classics for Kids exploring the stories and customs of Chanukah, including the Chanukah miracle, lighting the menorah, and traditional foods. Each of The Eight Nights of Chanukah also contains music for the holiday.  


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Candles Burning Brightly
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 | 8:00 - 9:00 p.m., and Sunday, December 1, 2013 | 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Chanukah 150

This is a one-hour celebration of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, with an exploration of traditional foods and activities, as well as plenty of music.

Sponsored by:
Logo Charlotte Gastro



Advent Voices

Advent 150

This is a new one-hour special of contemplative music for the season hosted by Lynne Warfel.

Sponsored by:
Logo: The Pines



Charlotte Lessons & Carols from St. John’s

Charlotte Lessons Carols 150Friday, December 6, 2013 | Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 8, 2013 | 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 25, 2013 | 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.


WDAV’s live holiday broadcast returns with a program of beloved carols and holiday music illuminated by scripture readings.  An original WDAV production.

Sponsored by:
Bragg logo


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¡Vamos a Belén! Christmas with the Rose Ensemble 2013

Rose EnsembleSaturday, December 14, 2013 | 10:00 - 11:00 p.m.

The acclaimed ensemble returns with a special featuring festive early music from Chile, Bolivia and Mexico, and joined by guests Piffaro, the Renaissance Band.



Christmas with Morehouse and Spelman Glee Clubs

Spelman Morehouse Glee 150Sunday, December 15, 2013 | 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Monday, December 23, 2013 | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. 

The choirs of Morehouse and Spelman Colleges -- two of the most prestigious historically black institutions in the nation -- get together to present their trademark mixture of spirituals and carols.

Sponsored by:
Windsor Jewelers


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Christmas Vespers from Davidson College

DCSC Vespers 150Sunday, December 15, 2013 | 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

This is the annual broadcast of the Advent service from Davidson College Presbyterian Church. A WDAV Production.

Sponsored by:
Logo: The Pines


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Musical Gifts: Joshua Bell and Friends

CD Musical Gifts Josh BellMonday, December 16, 2013 | 9:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Recorded in The Greene Space at WNYC/WQXR in New York City, this program features violinist Joshua Bell performing seasonal music from his new CD, “Musical Gifts” with special guests including the Young People’s Chorus of New York City.



Christmastime in New York: The Cathedral Choir of St. John the Divine at the Metropolitan Museum

Cathedral Choir St JohnTuesday, December 17, 2013 | 9:00 - 10:00 p.m.

The choir performs at the Medieval Sculpture Hall at the internationally famous museum in a program that describes the story of the nativity.  The concert includes selections by Victoria, Morten Lauridsen, and Francis Poulenc; works by Byrd, Biebl, and Hassler; as well as music by Eric Whitacre.



The Canadian Brass: Christmas Time Is Here

Canadian Brass ChristmasWednesday, December 18, 2013 | 9:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Recorded in The Greene Space at WNYC/WQXR in New York City, the program features the beloved ensemble from “up north” playing holiday favorites from their new Christmas album, including the beloved Vince Guaraldi songs from A Charlie Brown Christmas.



An Anonymous 4 Christmas

Anonymous 4Thursday, December 19, 2013 | 9:00 - 10:00 p.m.

From Corpus Christi Church in New York City the legendary vocal group sings medieval music from England, France and Spain that praises the Virgin Mary. Anglo-American ballads such as The Cherry Tree Carol and A Virgin Unspotted add a homespun seasonal touch.



Reel Music: Christmas at the Movies

Wonderful LifeFriday, December 20, 2013 | 9:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Who doesn't love a good Christmas movie? Matt Rogers revisits music from holiday classics like It's a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Carol (1951), Miracle on 34th Street (1947), Home Alone, and White Christmas.


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An Operavore Christmas

Leontyne Price 150Saturday, December 21, 2013 | 6:00 -7:00 p.m.

Christmas and holiday music from the world of opera and oratorio sung by some of the greatest singers past and present including Marilyn Horne, Leontyne Price, Bryn Terfel, Thomas Hampson, Joan Sutherland and more.



Handel’s Messiah from Trinity Church

Trinity ChurchSaturday, December 21, 2013 | 7:00 -10:00 p.m.

The holiday favorite is performed at the site of its New World premiere in 1770.  Featuring the renowned Trinity Choir and Trinity Baroque Orchestra in Lower Manhattan, this annual New York City holiday favorite is available for the first time to a national audience.



“Feliz Navidad” from Concierto

Frank Dominguez 2011 Exterior 150Saturday, December 21, 2013 | 10:00 p.m. - midnight

Frank Dominguez hosts a new edition of the program with traditional Spanish language villancicos of the season, plus sacred works and Christmas songs performed by Hispanic artists such as tenor Plácido Domingo and pianist Gabriela Montero. 


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Biscuits & Bach – Baroque for Christmas

Rachel Stewart 2011 Exterior 150Sunday, December 22, 2013 | 7:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Rachel Stewart offers up a new selection of Baroque holiday favorites, as well as traditional music of the season from the Renaissance to the early 18th century

Sponsored by:
Logo: The Pines



Carolina Live Holiday Edition: The Best of Christmas Past

Christmas OrnamentSunday, December 22, 2013 | 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Join us for highlights from the holiday programs of local ensembles in recent seasons, including the Singers of Renaissance in Charlotte, the Union Symphony Orchestra and Holiday Chorus, the Kontras Quartet and the Winston-Salem Symphony.



A Choral Christmas with Stile Antico

Stile Antico 150Sunday, December 22, 2013 | 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 25, 2013 | 11:00 p.m. - midnight

The award-winning choir from London pays a visit to St. Paul's Church on Harvard Square for a concert of radiant sacred music for the Christmas season, including music by Thomas Tallis and William Byrd.



A Chanticleer Christmas

ChanticleerSunday, December 22, 2013 | 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 25, 2013 | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

The San Francisco-based men’s chorus is one of the world’s best male ensembles. Known as an “orchestra of voices,” they’re recognized worldwide for their brilliant technique and musicality, and they’re especially beloved during the holidays.



Christmas Eve with Mike McKay

Mike McKay 2011 Exterior 150Tuesday, December 24, 2013 | 6:00 - 10:00 a.m.

The perfect way to start a special day: holiday favorites throughout the morning drawn from the vast collection of seasonal recordings in the WDAV music library, and presented by the ever-genial Mike McKay

Sponsored by:
Blossom Shop logo Matrix Wealth



A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols - LIVE!

Cambridge ChristmasTuesday, December 24, 2013 | 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

This trans-Atlantic live broadcast tradition continues with the world-famous Christmas Eve service, brought to you live from King’s College, Cambridge, England. 

Sponsored by:
Daisley WithGladness.org, a website devoted to the Beauty and Mystery of Liturgy



Christmas Eve with Matt Rogers

Matt Rogers 150 pxTuesday, December 24, 2013 | Noon - 5:00 p.m.

Matt’s characteristic warmth sets the perfect tone for Christmas Eve. He’ll have the most uplifting and festive seasonal music from our collection.

Sponsored by:
Logo Charlotte Gastro



Performance Today Christmas Eve Edition

Fred Child 150Tuesday, December 24, 2013 | 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Fred Child shares highlights from great seasonal concerts across the country and around the world.

Sponsored by:
Hampton Inn Mooresville



Jonathan Winters' A Christmas Carol

Winters 150Tuesday, December 24, 2013 | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Master comedian Jonathan Winters presents a distinctive reading of Dickens' holiday classic, with a special performing edition prepared by Dickens for his own presentations.



Welcome, Christmas!

VocalEssence 150Tuesday, December 24, 2013 | 8:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 25, 2013 | 10:00 - 11:00 p.m.

This is a perennial favorite featuring the Minneapolis-based ensemble, VocalEsssence. Recognized internationally as one of America's premier choral arts organizations, VocalEssence is led by the visionary conductor Philip Brunelle.

Sponsored by:
Blossom Shop logo



Night Music for Christmas Eve

Frank Dominguez 2011 Exterior 150Tuesday, December 24, 2013 | 9:00 pm - midnight

The gentle sound of the Night Music is the ideal way to usher in the holiday. Frank Dominguez hosts.

Sponsored by:
DC FOTA



Christmas Morning with Mike McKay

Mike McKay 2011 Exterior 150Wednesday, December 25, 2013 | 7:00 a.m. - noon

The perfect way to start a special day: holiday favorites throughout the morning drawn from the vast collection of seasonal recordings in the WDAV music library, and presented by the ever-genial Mike McKay.

Sponsored by:
St Matthew Catholic Church



Christmas Day with Matt Rogers

Matt Rogers 150 pxDecember 25, 2013 | 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Matt’s characteristic warmth sets the perfect tone for Christmas Day, too. He’ll have the most uplifting and festive seasonal music from our collection.

Sponsored by:
Matrix Wealth



Performance Today Christmas Day Edition

Fred Child 150Wednesday, December 25, 2013 | 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. 

Fred Child shares highlights from great seasonal concerts across the country and around the world.

Sponsored by:
Logo Hampton Inn Mooresville



The St. Olaf Christmas Festival St Olaf Orchestra 150Friday, December 20, 2013 | 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. 
Wednesday, December 25, 2013 | 8:00 - 10:00 p.m.


A service in song and word that has become one of America’s most cherished holiday celebrations. The festival includes hymns, carols, choral works, and orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity and featuring more than 500 student musicians who are members of five choirs and the St. Olaf Orchestra.

Sponsored by:
MI Connection



Choral Showcase New Year’s Edition

Choral 150Sunday, December 29, 2013 | 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Host Theresa Woody puts together an all-new program of choral selections that ring out the old and bring in the new.

Sponsored by:
Logo: The Pines



WDAV’s Pops! New Year’s Eve 2013

Frank Dominguez 2011 Exterior 150Tuesday, December 31, 2013 | 8:00 p.m. - midnight

Frank Dominguez changes gears from his usual Night Music pace to present a new edition of this high-spirited program of light classics, pops arrangements and tasteful crossover selections.

Sponsored by:
Logo Charlotte Gastro


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New Year’s Day from Vienna 2014

Vienna Philharmonic 150January 1, 2014 | 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

The most popular classical music concert in the world with the Vienna Philharmonic performing waltzes, polkas and more.

Sponsored by:
Abbey and Rick Lejk


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